Seattle CoderDojo – Kids Learn to Code for Free – February 25

Ticket form is after event description

Sunday, February 25, 2018 from 2:00 mm to 4:00 pm
Amazon Wainwright Building, 535 Terry Ave. N., Seattle

[note new day and time – sunday at 2 p.m. – same location]

Seattle CoderDojo is a free meetup for kids, powered by volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Our focus is to instill a love for problem-solving and a confidence with tech that will make it possible for your child to learn whatever tech skills they’ll need to through their life and career, whether they become a software developer, cardiac surgeon, or artisan baker. 

ONE TICKET PER CHILD PLEASE. IF YOU ARE UNSURE, PICK *ONE* ROOM AND WE CAN ADJUST WHEN YOU ARRIVE.

WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK?

Ages below (except for FreeCodeCamp.com) are recommendations and not strictly enforced. Remember that whatever room you sign your child up for, you can always move to another at any time so long as there’s somewhere for them to sit. 

Beginners (All Ages):

If they’ve never coded or had just a little experience a while back, get a ticket for this room. We’ll get them started on some tutorials to get them some confidence and some basic concepts. 

Scratch (2nd Grade & Up):

Scratch is a programming tool that lets kids create programs by combining different pieces that do things. No typing is required, no special software is needed, and after they’ve done a couple of Beginner tutorials, they’ll be able to jump into this pretty easily. It does require Flash so iPads and Android tablets won’t work.

Hacker Room (4th Grade & Up): 

This is the “anything goes” room. Want to build a website, experiment with an Arduino kit, learn Python, do some Minecraft hacking with JavaScript? This is your room. 

SPECIAL FOR FEB/MAR: RETRO GAMING WITH JAVASCRIPT (Week 1 of 5)

PRE-REQUISITES: Typing, basic understanding of variables, loops, and coordinate systems.

This week we’ll get the basic IDE/server set-up for the three games we’ll work on during the 5 week class. We’ll also cover some of the basic concepts of JavaScript game development and work on some simple exercises to help build and reinforce that knowledge.

THIS IS A PROGRESSIVE WORKSHOP, meaning each week builds upon the last, if you miss a week, please review the materials in the class github repo to catch yourself up. We will not catch you up at Dojo.

FreeCodeCamp.com (8th grade & up):

Free Code Camp is a free professional developer certification program.  It’s an online, self-paced, free program that starts from beginner level and helps its learners become certified full-stack JavaScript developers (“full-stack” means being able to design *all* parts of a web app on both the front and back ends of the process). Teens work at their own pace, and can get help and camaraderie at our meetups.

DETAILS

ALL KIDS MUST HAVE AN ADULT ATTEND ALONG WITH THEM. NO DROP-OFFS. ONE ADULT CAN BE THE GUARDIAN FOR MULTIPLE KIDS. WE HAVE COFFEE.

FOR THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF ALL ATTENDEES, AND TO COMPLY WITH AMAZON BUILDING ACCESS RULES, ALL ADULTS MUST SHOW A PHOTO ID THAT MATCHES THE NAME ON THEIR TICKET AT CHECK IN.

PARKING IS NOT FREE, BUT THE GARAGE ACROSS THE STREET IS $2.44 (INCLUDING CITY FEES AND TAXES) FOR THE *DAY*. ENTER ON REPUBLICAN ST, BETWEEN TERRY AVE N AND BOREN AVE N. CONSTRUCTION MAY MAKE IT HARD TO SEE THE ENTRANCE, WHICH IS JUST INSIDE THE MOUTH OF AN ALLEY BETWEEN THE CONSTRUCTION AND THE BA-BAR RESTAURANT.

* PLEASE BRING A LAPTOP IF YOU CAN. WE HAVE SOME ON-SITE LOANERS, BUT WE DO NOT GUARANTEE WE WILL HAVE ENOUGH TO MEET DEMAND. 

SEE WWW.SEATTLECODERDOJO.COM FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT OUR VOLUNTEER GROUP.